Life returning?

Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by Merry on December 31, 2016 at 11:54:03:

During our dives on Thurs., Phil and I were surprised to find a bit more life on the reefs than we've seen in recent dives. By "life" I mean nudibranchs of all sizes and some interesting minicrustaceans. Water was 54 - 55 degrees with ~12' hazy vis.

Limacia cockerelli (~1/8")
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Completely unexpected! A large Doriopsilla spaldingi on the Whitepoint outfall pipe. Haven't seen one in years.
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Polycera tricolor...it was a very good year.
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The designer-colored Acanthodoris lutea
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Yet another Peltodoris mullineri on Kevin's Reef. By comparing their unique pattern of pigment spots, we've identified 3 different individuals there. We saw this one exactly 2 months ago; it hadn't gone far.
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Tritonia festiva on White Point outfall pipe.
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A fresh crop of eggs gave away these Dotoform A, smaller than the eye can see. In other images, I found even smaller ones tucked away in the dense substrate.
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Hundreds of pin-dot size munnid isopods covered a single grey sponge.
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An even smaller amphipod at the resolution limit of my lenses.
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